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    Surly Squirrel (The Nut Job)
    "Squirrels are not meant to serve Raccoon!"
    Gender: Male
    Type: Greedy Sneaky Thief
    Species: Squirrel
    Portrayed by: Will Arnett
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: The Nut Job

    Surly is a fictional animated squirrel who is the main protagonist from the The Nut Job duology. He is voiced by Will Arnett.

    Why He's A Nut Job (No Pun Intended)

    1. For starters, he's quite a very unlikeable protagonist in the first film who takes his own thievery quests way too seriously, thus making him not the best person to be around (at all).
    2. He was very selfish as he only cared about himself rather than the other animals.
    3. He was a huge jerk to Andie and Grayson in the first film.
    4. He constantly dances to the notorious Gangnam Style song throughout the film even at inconsistent times, to the point where it gets old and grating fast.
    5. He was also destructive, as he destroyed the tree where all the park animals lived as well as their food storage.
      • Speaking of which, Peter Lepeniotis did a horrendous job on representing the characters' roles in the first film. Norovirus Raccoon (or Raccoon for short) is supposed to be the villain, yet all he wanted to do was to feed and provide shelter for the park animals, and Surly; despite being the protagonist, was the one really responsible for the troubles that happened throughout the first film; as mentioned previously, he destroyed the tree and the park animals' food storage, leaving them with no food or shelter. All in all, Lepeniotis forces viewers to root for the protagonist (Surly) and despise the villain (Raccoon), without giving the usual proper characterization as a reason to do this. Does this sound awfully familiar?
    6. He keeps making appalling and unfunny nut puns.
    7. In the first film, he even farted after eating cheese from the mouse traps, which is very gross and unfunny. Will Arnett did the same joke in an interview for The Lego Movie (which came out the same year as the first film and which Racoon’s actor, Liam Neeson, also starred in) when he joked about pretending to fart after eating his breakfast?
    8. He feels like a rip-off of RJ from Over the Hedge. Only far less likable and much more rude, greedy, and egotistical (at least in the first film).
    9. He was very greedy and inconsiderate, as he attempted to steal the nut cart for himself.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. He did redeem himself during the final half of the first film where he states that he will continue to help the park animals by finding them more food.
    2. Will Arnett did a great job voicing him.
    3. His personality did improve in the sequel.
    4. At least he does care about Buddy.
    5. His design is pretty adorable; notably, his purple fur is smooth and well-groomed; the face looks adorable to stare at.
    6. At least he isn't as bad as some other animated film protagonists like Reggie, Gene, or even Norm.
    7. He sacrificed himself at the climax of the movie.


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